A forgettable Target Center finale on a night when many minds were elsewhere, thinking of the victims of the marathon bombing. My only time spent in Boston was for, of all things, Pat’s wedding a couple summers ago. Thoughts are with the families of the injured and fallen.
The game tonight was not good. Utah took control early, let up a couple of times, but mostly dominated throughout. They won by 16. The closing moments had Wolves fans chanting M-V-P for Chris Johnson, in obvious jest. Al Jefferson and Mo Williams took turns dominating the low block and perimeter, respectively. The Wolves couldn’t defend Jefferson without a full double team. Another former TWolf, Randy Foye, looked much better than his opponents, chipping in 14 points.
Ricky Rubio shot the ball terribly. Derrick Williams played okay (18 points on 7-13 shooting) but didn’t dominate. He never does. Next highest in the scoring column were Dante Cunningham (12) and J.J. Barea (11) who barely hit double figures. For consistency’s sake, the Wolves shot 2 for 17 from downtown. It wasn’t pretty.
Kevin Love wasn’t there. Some in the local press were less than impressed by the no-show:
I don’t really care either way, at this point. If memory serves, Kevin Garnett was never in the arena during the late-season games for which he was inactive.
Next up are the 58-win Spurs on Wednesday for the season finale. The Spurs are officially locked into the 2-Seed and have nothing to play for. Popovich might pull fans out of there seats to ensure the most possible rest for his team as it enters post-season play. I expect a competitive game on Wednesday, given how well the Spurs play no matter who sits out. If the Wolves win, they’ll be locked into the 9th spot for draft purposes. If they lose and the Pistons win, there’ll be a coin toss for #8. We’re a long ways from late June, but I suspect they won their way out of Oladipo range. Maybe that’ll prove to be a good thing. Who knows?
One more to go.